Re: OPPENHEIM Family- Whose Son Was He? Y-DNA Mismatch #general

Jan Groshan <jangro@...>

What a fascinating story. Two thoughts come immediately to mind. First, yes,
I would think it quite possible that if Frank were born out of wedlock, the
grandparents would "adopt" him and call him their own. Second, I don't
believe the data >from your Y-DNA test would have any bearing on whether or
not Frank's mother was Jewish. The mother's DNA line is called mitochondrial
DNA. Y-DNA is strictly father to son. Mitochondrial DNA is passed on to both
daughters and sons, but only daughters can pass it along. My husband
recently had a mitochondrial DNA test done with a female cousin and there
were several hundred possible matches. However, when he did a Y-DNA test, he
atually came up with a 100% match on the first 12 markers with two brothers
he knew nothing about (brothers to each other, not necessary to my husband).

We're now in the process of expanding that Y-DNA test to 37 markers. My
husband has a suspicion that he might have been adopted (73 years ago!)
which is what prompted his DNA testing in the first place. If the 37 markers
don't check out as a match with the two brothers, we're going to have him
tested with a (supposed) male cousin.....just to be sure.

"Carolyn Lea" <clea@...> wrote:
I have been researching the Hertz Wolf OPPENHEIM/ER (b Hannover 1787)
family that settled in Charleston, SC. A son, Joseph Hertz (b 1823
Charleston) md. Hannah Joseph (b 1827 Charleston) and moved his family to
Savannah, Ga.
The DNA did not match and the lab
>reported the test results did not match other samples of known Jewish
heritage. Higher-level genetic matches suggested lineage most closely
matched samples originating in the British Isles.

Is it likely they would have adopted a child when in their mid-fifties who
was not related in some way? If he is not related at all how common would
it be to claim so on the records listed above?

All four daughters were old enough to have a child in 1882. If a daughter
gave birth out of wedlock or was unable to raise the child due to divorce
or abandonment is it likely the child would be raised as and identified as
a son?
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